Dinanderie : a history and description of mediaeval art work in copper, brass and bronze
May 2, 2011
The Creation of the Items
"Dinanderie" was a medieval word for items in copper or its alloys. This book is basically art history, looking into the brasses and bronzes of Europe, from bronze church portals to ewers, though of course more of the ecclesiastical survives in crosiers, reliquaries, and the like.
The unique point is that it isn't *just* art history: the author goes into the processes used, in case you need those, the sources of materials and that effect on the economics of the business, the form of the guilds, and a good deal else.
In many ways this reminds me of ffoulkes *The Armourer and His Craft*: not just what the product was, but all the background to its creation at the time.